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COVID UPDATE
Submitted By Darrin Dunn on Friday, December 17, 2021
Dear Members,

The following information details changes to the City of Orillia's Covid protocols and procedures.  Please read as these changes will affect your player(s).

The Province of Ontario and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced on Friday, December 17th the following updates COVID-19 Requirements:

1. Effective December 15, 2021 – all patrons visiting recreation facilities are required to show hard copy proof of ID that shows their full name and date of birth. Photocopies and/or images of ID’s will no longer be accepted. Exemptions for this requirement exist for youth under the age of 18 and adults with a cognitive impairment.

3. Effective December 19, 2021 – all sport and recreation facilities are back to 50% capacity, including dressing rooms. This means the following dressing room capacities are in effect:

Rotary Place – 12 people per room (2 rooms provided per rental)

Brian Orser Arena – 8 people per room (3 rooms provided per rental)

Aquatic Centre – participants must arrive dressed and ready to enter the water. Changerooms will be provided at the completion of the rental.

It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that the dressing room capacities are enforced.

2. Effective December 20, 2021 – all patrons aged 12 and older are required to be FULLY Vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is considered as 2 doses of a COVID-19 Vaccination plus 14 days.

3.  Effective January 4, 2022 – all patrons visiting recreation facilities are required to use the enhanced vaccine certificate QR code. City staff will be using the Verify Ontario app for checking proof of vaccination for each patron entering a recreation facility. Access to the recreation facility will be denied to those who DO NOT have the enhanced vaccine certificate QR code. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. The enhanced vaccine certificate QR can be downloaded at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.

4. Effective January 10, 2022 – all patrons visiting recreation facilities that qualify for a medical exemption are required to show a certificate of exemption with a QR code. Physician notes will NO LONGER be accepted as of January 10, 2022.

Please ensure these changes are communicated to your members. These requirements will be strictly enforced to ensure all City of Orillia recreation facilities remain compliant with the Province of Ontario and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Also, as a general reminder to all user groups masks/face coverings are REQUIRED to be worn to enter a City of Orillia recreation facility. We are noticing more and more participants arriving without masks/face coverings and pulling their jacket up to cover their face. This is not an acceptable mask or face covering. This is also concerning because this is occurring mostly at Rotary Place with hockey players, which means these players are not wearing a mask/face covering while in the dressing room (as required by the Province and the SMDHU). Anyone attempting to enter a recreation facility without a mask/face covering (unless they have a medical exemption) will be refused entry, this includes players. The City does not have the means or the resources to provide masks/face coverings to people who have forgotten them, so please encourage your participants to pack extra in their equipment bag just in case. 

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